It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Two major awards shows on at the same time, albeit with a vast pond separating them.
While the stars of the big screen hot-footed it to chilly London for the Baftas, the musicians headed to Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards.
Red carpet at the 2017 Grammys
Adele, Lady Gaga and Solange strut their stuff while Katy Perry swears on live TV.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was the headline attraction on the red carpet at the British Academy Film Awards, however another royal – the world’s unofficial queen – Beyonce, stole the show at the Grammys.
Full skirts and chests that were more heavily adorned than the Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree lit up the Baftas red carpet, thanks to Nicole Kidman in a plunging Armani Prive dress with jewel-encrusted bodice and Emily Blunt in a McQueen gown that had more embroidery than a CWA fete.
The Duchess of Cambridge, in a black, off-the-shoulder, voluminous Alexander McQueen gown, set an elegant tone. La La Land star Emma Stone followed her lead and teamed a glittery Chanel dress with equally shiny pants, and Meryl Streep wore a silk pashmina over her black suit.
While at the Grammys, a slightly warmer evening saw more flesh on display both on the red carpet and during the ceremony.
A pregnant Beyonce kept the conspiracy theorists – who suggested she faked the 2011 gestation of daughter Blue Ivy – at bay, by appearing on stage proudly displaying a naked baby bump. Former Roberto Cavalli creative director Peter Dundas provided some modest coverings as well as her other costume that had more gold than the open pits of Kalgoorlie.
It may only be February but the “under boob” may be the thigh gap of 2017, as showcased by Lady Gaga, who wore a leather jacket by Alex Ulichny that was so cropped it could also be sold as nipple pasties.
J.Lo, representing Australia in Ralph & Russo couture, dressed like a bridesmaid from 1995 who stole some of the bonbonniere trimmings to jazz up her look with an oversized choker. She also accessorised her fluffy lilac ensemble with a toned quad muscle and well preserved sternum.
Katy Perry shook things up by arriving like she had been dragged through the back streets of Surry Hills after Mardi Gras, thanks to a molten and feathery Tom Ford creation and new, tousled blonde hair. The sparkly, scruffy creation, together with Rihanna’s Lorna Jane-inspired neon crop top and Solange Knowles deconstructed CP30 Gucci look, ensured the Grammys were the spring of hope, amidst America’s winter of despair.